This Old House
Now that Christmas is over, it's time to focus on the more important things in life -- like cleaning and storing those seasonal decorations. Turns out that next winter doesn't have to be a painstaking, stressful process in untangling those tree lights. Want to know a quick tip to keep those lights tangle-free?
Wrapping paper tubes.
Save your cardboard tubes from the endless wrapping you've finished this year and cut a slit on either end of the empty wrapping paper tube. Thread the end of the string of lights through one slit. Next, wind the string of lights around the tube and finally thread the plug into the other end and tuck into the tube.
You'll have an easy (and free!) storage solution that won't cause you headaches next December. Smart, right? Now on to those difficult ornaments...